Plan for life after school

You should talk about your plans for adulthood at school from the age of 14 onwards.

Plans should include whether you:

  • continue to learn
  • look for a job
  • find somewhere to live independently
  • manage your own health

We have developed a transitions guide for parents and carers

Post-16 learning

Find a school, college or training

The following links will help you to find out about the different options that are available:

Help with learning

  • Ask your school or college. They may be able to offer the advice and extra help that you need. This is called SEN support and they will work with you to make a plan. This could include teaching differently or help from an extra adult.
  • If you have SEN support and need more help, you can ask for a needs assessment.
  • If you have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC), we will work with you from Year 9 at school. We will make a plan together for moving into adulthood called a transition plan.

Ways into work

There are lots of ways for you to get into work, these include:

Apprenticeships

Paid jobs with training.

If you have an EHC plan, you can keep it when you are on an apprenticeship.

Traineeships

Education and training programmes with work experience.

Find a traineeship by speaking to your school or college careers adviser or head of post-16 education.

If you have an EHC plan, you can keep it when you are doing a traineeship.

Supported internships

Study programmes for young people with an EHC plan, based mainly at a workplace.

Find a supported internship by speaking to your school or college careers adviser or head of post-16 education.

Internships last about a year and include unpaid work experience of at least six months. They will help you move into paid work at the end of the programme, wherever possible. Supported internships include English and maths, training on the job and support.